The gardening season has only recently ended and already I’m suffering plant withdrawal. What can a gardener do to survive the long, harsh Pocono winter? My solution: I count on houseplants to bring the beauty of nature indoors.
Plant spring-flowering bulbs and look forward to years of seasonal color in your landscape. Fall-planted bulbs produce the first blooms of the year and can provide flowers through late May with a wonderful range of color, shape, size, and height.
Ah Choo… and the sounds have begun. People are sneezing, coughing and beginning to miss work. Grouping children together in a classroom may spread germs and get children sick. Adults catch it from their kids and the flu season is back! What can you do? Here are a few tips.
I often get asked the question; do I need to give up desserts because I was just diagnosed with diabetes?
Every year, weeds come up in various parts of my property. They go through their life cycle, perhaps supporting insect life, perhaps invading habitat and driving out native plants. I deal with them the entire growing season without any real idea of what they are and what role they play in the life of my garden.
I've been trying for two weeks to get some chores done in my garden, but it's too hot. I manage five minutes, and I'm done. And what about those gnats!
Packing lunches can be a real chore for a tired mom or dad. If your child attends a public school, the National School Lunch guidelines help cafeteria employees to plan lunches that are served at school. The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools.
While some Pennsylvania gardeners still have several more weeks to enjoy the growing season, the higher elevations could experience a killing frost before the end of September.
As gardeners become more educated on the impact of chemicals on the environment, many have embraced the concept of organic/eco-friendly practices and recognize the many choices available. However, when you see an entire crop eaten by an insect literally overnight, the temptation to grab the nearest insecticide still exists for many frustrated gardeners. There is an alternative that does require some planning. Bringing beneficial insects into your garden is one organic answer to pest management.
Gardening is a fun, relaxing way for the whole family to spend time together. Exhibiting flowers, herbs and vegetables at the West End Fair increases the enjoyment. The fair runs from August 23 – August 29, 2015 in Gilbert PA, Monroe County with the theme, “Harvest the Fun.”
You can create a relatively pest and disease free garden if you believe that ‘perfect’ plants are not the absolute goal of gardening and that all insects are not out to get you.
When I first moved to the Poconos, I was enchanted with the pretty white flowers that filled the hedgerows with blooms and delicate scent in late spring. My husband called them 'sticker bushes.' I soon learned that their thorns give a nasty bite and the shrub, multiflora rose, is an invasive thug.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
The USDA MyPlate is an example of a healthy meal.
Some foods classified as fats can protect us against heart disease and yet other fats may contribute to heart disease. We need to eat some fats because they provide essential nutrients such as Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. However, a healthy diet limits the amount of fat to five (5) teaspoons a day for adult women, and six (6) teaspoons a day for adult men.
Most sweet desserts do not contain many nutrients our bodies need and have lots of calories. If you are a baker, you are in luck! Making desserts yourself can boost the nutrition of desserts. If you are not a baker, take the first step and learn how to make healthy sweet desserts.
Eating fewer calories doesn’t necessarily mean eating less food according to the Center for Disease Control. Eating more vegetables in salads can fill you up with just a few calories. Salads can be a great source of a variety of vegetables. However, they can also be a dumping ground for unwanted calories if they are topped with a lot of high calorie salad dressing.
Weeds are a big problem in the garden. They compete with desirable plants for water and nutrients, and they often harbor pests and disease. They also detract from the beauty of the garden. I’m fairly diligent about weeding, and I utilize mulch to reduce the number of weeds present, but our sun-drenched yard encourages their germination and propagation. And so I weed – a lot.
What can you do if you have clay soil? First of all run over those leaves in the fall with your lawn mower and then spread them around where you want better soil. Amending the clay soil with organic matter improves drainage, retains moisture and improves soil texture.